The God of All Things

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“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

That short verse from Romans, is a prayer of praise for a God whose depths and being are beyond the understanding of a mere human being. A little earlier, the Apostle Paul had exclaimed: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33)

The more Paul had considered the being of God - both in Romans and elsewhere - the vaster he became. Beyond the vast horizons the Apostle was able to survey lay yet more of God. Of course Paul could not fully comprehend God! For anyone to be able to say that they fully understand God is to claim that they are in fact greater than he is. That their finite mind can contain the infinite!

Paul understood that in the end all we can do is describe God, relying on those things God has made known about himself. As the Apostle did this, the more he realised that in the end everything comes from God (he is creator, he is life) and so all belongs to God. God is the highest ‘good’ because moment by moment we owe our very existence to him. The very planet on which we move is the work of his hands, and reflects his beauty. The very fact that we can relate to God, and are reconciled to him, is the work of God the Son.

So it is that Paul could cry out that “from him and through him and to him are all things”! In the end, we owe all that we are to the eternal God.

God Derives No Glory From Us

“So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’” (Luke 17:10) - We must be wary of thinking that we are doing God a favour with our devotion and energies. He needs no favours, but rather our actions are a rich response to his grace. A joyful echo of what we have received from him. The glory is not in the thing that is produced, but in the majestic God which prompted all of this in the first place.

The Sovereign God

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11) - “which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,” (1 Timothy 6:15) - God can do what he pleases, and we should be very wary of sitting in judgment over him. We know very little in comparison to his all knowing knowledge. Better to trust that God is good, and that he works all things for good for those who love him.

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